Week One of high school football action is in the books for area teams, and that means we’ve seen all 10 teams in action at least once.
One thing that is clear already is that there’s no shortage of talent among those teams. Through these first two weeks, we’ll have given out a total of 13 game balls to 12 athletes from seven schools, which means we could be in for quite a show for the rest of the season.
Anyway, on to this week’s top performers.
Jaylen Lawrence, QB/DB
Lawrence is the only player to get the nod both weeks so far, and it’s for his efforts in multiple facets of the Bulldogs’ strategy. On top of his play as the team’s starting safety, Lawrence was a perfect 4-for-4 with 146 yards and a touchdown passing in the team’s 35-7 win over Aiken, and he added a rushing score.
Shaquez Wright, RB/DB
Wright is already proving himself to be a workhorse back for the Bulldogs. He ran for 77 yards and a score, caught a 39-yard pass and also intercepted an Aiken pass late in the win.
Willie McCloud, RB
The Jackets stomped rival Midland Valley 43-6, and McCloud played a large role in the win. He carried the ball 17 times for 129 yards and found the end zone twice to help balance the offense with quarterback Trib Reece.
Eric Corley, RB
Corley is taking over as the War Eagles’ top running back this season, and he was very prolific in Friday’s 52-6 romp over Bethune-Bowman on the road. The senior racked up 138 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries.
Jaquan Williams, ATH
Fox Creek was locked in a back-and-forth struggle with McCormick on Friday, until Williams took over in the fourth quarter of the Predators’ 32-20 win. He returned a punt 60 yards for a score and followed that up with a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown.
South Aiken pass defense
This was really just an excuse to give the South Aiken folks some credit for a near-upset of the No. 6 Class AAAA team in the state and defending Class AAAA, Division II champion Greenwood. The Eagles won 17-10, but they didn’t complete a pass, and the T-Breds have allowed only one completion for 6 yards in two games.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.